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Opinions Jan. 25, 2012

January 25, 2012
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no Indiana opinions at IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions at IL deadline.


Indiana Court of Appeals
Timothy Long v. State of Indiana
49A02-1105-CR-381
Criminal. Affirms sentence for Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and being a habitual substance offender. Because the master commissioner presided at Long’s guilty plea hearing, and not at a criminal trial, she did not have the authority to enter a final judgment on Long’s sentence. Marion Superior Judge Linda Brown did not err by rejecting the master commissioner’s sentence and imposing her own sentence.

Natalie E. Murrell v. State of Indiana
67A01-1106-CR-251
Criminal. The trial court did not err by rejecting Murrell’s defense of duress. Murrell’s Class C felony conviction of attempting to provide cellular telephones to an inmate does not violate the proportionality clause of the Indiana Constitution. Remands with instructions for the trial court to correct its written sentencing order to impose concurrent sentences.

Kevin Walsh v. Chris Sweeney Construction, Inc. (NFP)
17A05-1107-PL-370
Civil plenary. Affirms order foreclosing Chris Sweeney Construction’s mechanic’s lien on Walsh’s home, awarding Sweeny Construction unjust enrichment damages for unpaid labor services and attorney fees and denying Walsh’s counterclaims. Remands for correction of scrivener’s error.

Anthony Earl Coakley v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1107-CR-358
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

Michael D. Perkinson, Jr. v. Kay Char Perkinson (NFP)
36A05-1106-DR-322
Domestic relation. Reverses denial of motion to correct error that challenged the trial court order denying Perkinson Jr.’s verified petition for modification of parenting time and support. Remands for further proceedings.

Jeremiah L. Hancock v. State of Indiana (NFP)
47A01-1104-CR-201
Criminal. Affirms sentence following guilty plea to murder.

Jennifer Hutchens v. Gregory Sausaman (NFP)
43A04-1107-DR-395
Domestic relation. Affirms order granting custody of Hutchens’ daughter to Sausaman. Denies Sausaman’s request for appellate attorney fees.

Ryan N. Myers v. State of Indiana (NFP)
18A02-1104-CR-378
Criminal. Affirms denial of motion to withdraw guilty plea to Class A felony child molesting.

Kenneth W. Gibbs v. Indiana Parole Board (NFP)
52A04-1106-MI-378
Miscellaneous. Affirms denial of Gibbs’ petition for mandate requiring the Indiana Parole Board to determine his parole eligibility based on a vote of all five board members.

Ellettsville Holdings, LLC v. Garnett D. Kinser (NFP)
53A04-1103-PL-121
Civil plenary. Affirms judgment in favor of Kinser on Ellettsville Holdings’ complaint for damages based upon claims of breach of the parties’ purchase agreement and breach of warranty.

Jameson Curry v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1104-CR-175
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony child molesting, but remands for sentence modification pursuant to Appellate Rule 7(B).

James Roby v. State of Indiana (NFP)
27A05-1106-CR-302
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class D felony possession of cocaine.

In the Matter of the Term. of the Parent-Child Rel. of K.V., and Q.M.S. v. Indiana Dept. of Child Services (NFP)
79A02-1105-JT-535
Juvenile. Affirms involuntary termination of parental rights.

Anthony P. Wamue v. State of Indiana (NFP)
02A03-1106-CR-293
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

Dwayne Burnett v. Review Board of the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development and Opportunity Enterprises, Inc. (NFP)
http://media.ibj.com/Lawyer/websites/opinions/index.php?pdf=2012/january/01251207jsk.pdf
93A02-1106-EX-607
Agency appeal. Affirms finding that Burnett is disqualified from receiving unemployment insurance benefits.

 

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

  4. Yep I am not Bryan Brown. Bryan you appear to be a bigger believer in the Constitution than I am. Were I still a big believer then I might be using my real name like you. Personally, I am no longer a fan of secularism. I favor the confessional state. In religious mattes, it seems to me that social diversity is chaos and conflict, while uniformity is order and peace.... secularism has been imposed by America on other nations now by force and that has not exactly worked out very well.... I think the American historical experiment with disestablishmentarianism is withering on the vine before our eyes..... Since I do not know if that is OK for an officially licensed lawyer to say, I keep the nom de plume.

  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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